Obama invites Fort Snelling rifle squad to Memorial Day ceremony


President Barack Obama has invited the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad to attend a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Eleven of the squad's 127 active members will attend Monday's ceremony, which is being held at the Tomb of the Unknowns inside the Arlington National Cemetery.

A wreath will be placed on the tomb on behalf of the squad, the Pioneer Press says.

The president invited the squad to mark its 35th year as the nation's first all-volunteer memorial rifle squad, KARE 11 reports.

Since 1979, the squad has honored more than 65,000 veterans and traveled over 5 million miles to perform military ceremonial burial services at no charge for families, according to the squad's website.

This year also marks another first for the group – it has its first female commander, KSTP says.

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